“I prefer your acts to speak for themselves, nor does your character or reputation require bolstering by out-of place expressions of my opinions.” Robert E. Lee chides Jeb Stuart in a May 11, 1863 when Stuart apparently complains that Lee’s report on Chancellorsville does not give Stuart full justice for his actions there. From Cavalryman of the Lost Cause by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008 page 232. Originally from a letter from R.E. Lee- to JEBS, May 11 1863, Stuart Papers, Huntington Library.
“[He] carries around with him a banjo player and a special correspondent, [and] this claptrap is noticed and lauded as a peculiarity of genius, when in fact, it is nothing else but a buffoon to get attention.” Lafayette McLaws, no lover of J.E.B. Stuart had this to say about him. From The Perfect Lion The Life and Death of Confederate Artillerist John Pelham by Jerry Maxwell. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2011, page 74.